Garay Lifts St. John’s Past Albany, 3-2, On Senior Night|
May 17, 2016
QUEENS, N.Y. - Gavin Garay broke a tie game with an RBI single in the eighth inning as St. John’s defeated Albany, 3-2, on Senior Night at Kaiser Stadium.
Garay finished 2-for-3 with an RBI and a walk to lead St. John’s (26-22-1), while Josh Shaw went 0-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored. John Valente was 1-for-4 with an RBI and a run, and Alex Caruso finished 1-for-3 with a run scored. Thomas Hackimer (7-0) had three strikeouts in 1.2 scoreless frames for the win.
Kevin Donati (1-for-4) and Kyle Sacks (1-for-3) had an RBI apiece for Albany (20-26). Brian Paulino (1-4) took the loss after allowing one run in 0.2 innings of work.
A leadoff walk set the table for a two-run first inning for the Red Storm. Caruso drew the walk to start things and scored from first on a Valente RBI double to the wall in left center. Valente advanced to third on a groundout before Shaw quickly made it a 2-0 ballgame with a sacrifice fly.
Albany, however, had its first two batters reach in the third and manufactured a pair of runs to tie the game. After a sacrifice bunt advanced the runners to second and third, Donati put the Great Danes on the board with an RBI groundout. Sacks followed with an RBI single as Albany leveled the score at 2-2.
Joey Christopher took the hill in the fourth and worked a 1-2-3 frame before starting an inning-ending 1-6-3 double play to erase a leadoff single in the in the fifth.
With the game still tied at 2-2, St. John’s stranded a pair of runners in the sixth. Anthony Brocato set the table with a one-out walk before moving to third on a two-out Garay single into right field. Albany escaped the jam, however, with a fielder’s choice.
St. John’s had a runner on third with one out in the seventh, but again could not score. Anthony Fava led off the inning with a single before pinch-runner Ty Blankmeyer advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. Blankmeyer then took third on an errant pickoff attempt, but a pair of groundouts ended the threat.
A one-out walk put the go-ahead runner on for Albany in the eighth and St. John’s went to the bullpen for Hackimer. After a wild pitch moved the runner to second, a groundout advanced the runner to third before another groundout ended the inning.
St. John’s then plated what proved to be the winning run in the bottom of the eighth. A leadoff walk to Shaw set the table before a Brocato sacrifice bunt gave the Red Storm a runner on second with one out. After Jesse Berardi set up runners on the corners with an infield single, Garay followed with the go-ahead RBI single.
Hackimer worked around a pair of walks in the ninth by striking out the side to close out the win.
St. John’s returns to action at Kaiser Stadium on May 19 with a 7 p.m. game against Creighton (CBS Sports Network).